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Organic momentum continues; FX spoils the party again
03 Oct 16
Edenred reported H1 FY16 results broadly in line with our estimates. The lfl revenue increased by +6.1% (Q2 16: +6.9%, Q1 16: +5.2%; our estimate: +4.7%), despite clocking a 1.6% decline in financial revenue (15.4% decline in Europe, partially offset by +9.8% growth in Latin America). However, the reported revenue was down 2.4% (vs our estimate: +3%) to €526m, on account of currency headwinds (-10.8% yoy; largely due to the depreciation of Brazilian real and Mexican peso vs the euro), and partially offset by a +2.3% scope effect. The take-up rate declined to 4.6% during the period (-10bp yoy). Issue Volume (IV) grew by +8.4% on a lfl basis (Q2 16: +9.3%, Q1 16: +7.4%), largely driven by a sequential improvement in the European region (Q2 16: +9.7%, Q1 16: +6.9%, Q4 16: +5.4%; c.50% of total IV). Within the region, “Europe – excluding France” led the momentum (+9.9% yoy; reflecting favourable economic dynamics in Central Europe and a positive calendar effect), followed by an improved performance in France (+5.2%; driven by the Ticket Restaurant business). Despite challenging macro-economic conditions, the LatAm region clocked +8.1% growth (Q2 16: +8.7%, Q1 16: +7.5%; our estimate: +7.5%; accounts for c.45% of total IV), primarily driven by the Hispanic LatAm business (+13.8%; led by +19.1% growth in employee benefit solutions). Also, Brazil was up 4.5% on the back of strong growth in the expense management business (+16.8% yoy). The company issued a €250m Schuldschein loan (fixed + floating rate; average financing cost of 1.2% and maturity of 6.1 years) and signed an agreement in July to extend the €700m undrawn revolving credit facility by two years to July 2021. Management has reconfirmed its FY16 guidance: IV organic growth of 8-14% (lower end of the range), EBIT to range €350-370m (vs our estimate of €351m), operating flow-through ratio to remain above 50% and FFO to grow by over 10% organically.
Brazil continues to drag, European recovery fuels the growth
14 May 16
Edenred reported Q1 16 results below our estimates. The total revenue increased by 5.2% on a lfl basis (vs Q4 15: +5.4% and Q3 15: +4.9%), despite clocking a 3.1% decrease in the financial revenue. However, the reported revenue was down 5.2% (vs Q4 15: -2.5%, Q3 15: -4.3% and our estimate: +2.4%) on account of currency headwinds (-12.3% yoy; mainly due to the Brazilian real and Mexican peso), and partly offset by the scope effect (+1.9%; integration of ProwebCE business in France). The take-up rate declined to 4.6% in the quarter (vs 4.7% in Q1 15). On Issue Volume (IV), Edenred posted growth of 7.4% on a lfl basis (vs Q4 15: +8.4% and Q3 15: +7.0%), on the back of better growth in Europe (Q1: +6.9% vs Q4 15: +5.4% and Q3 15: +4.1%), with France (+4.2% vs Q4 15: 3.9% and Q3 15: +3.3%) leading the momentum, driven by the Ticket Restaurant business. However, the macro-economic challenges continued in the LatAm business (Q1: +7.5% vs Q4 15: +10.9%), largely due to the sequential growth slowdown in Brazil (Q1 16: 5.3% vs Q4 15: +5.4% and Q3 15: +5.7%); on the contrary, the Expense Management continued to post robust growth (+19.2% vs Q4: +18.8%, H1 15: 27.5%). The Embratec JV in Brazil (65%-owned by Edenred and 35%-owned by Embratec’s founding shareholders) is expected to be completed in the first-half of 2016. Management expects the organic IV growth at the lower end of the medium-term target of 8-14% in FY 16.
Q3 in line; LatAm leverages Expense Management potential
14 Oct 15
Edenred reported Q3 15 results in line with our expectations. Total revenue for 9M was up 6.8% on a lfl basis; however, on a reported basis, revenue was up 5.6% to €782m (post negative currency impact of -4.6% and +3.4% scope effect); this compares to our FY 15 estimate of €1,031m. On Issue Volume (IV), Edenred posted a growth of 8.7% in 9M and 7% in Q3 on a lfl basis (vs. our FY15 estimate of 8.1%), helped by better growth in Europe (3.7% in 9M and 4.1% in Q3). While rising unemployment levels in Brazil continued to impact the Employee Benefits business (+5.8% in 9M; +2% in Q3 vs. +8% in H1), overall IV in Brazil witnessed healthy growth of 9.7% in 9M (vs. +11.5% in H1) on the back of new client wins in the Expense Management business (+24.7% in 9M; +20.2% in Q3 vs. +27.5% in H1). On account of the sliding Brazilian real, management cut its operating profit target to €340-355m (vs. earlier guidance of €365-380m); this is in line with our estimate of €340m (as we incorporated currency woes in our 11 September update). Nonetheless, the company reiterated its guidance of 8-14% lfl growth in IV and its dividend policy of distributing >90% of recurring net profit after tax.
Resilient LatAm growth alongside digitalisation benefits for France
29 Jul 15
A good set of H1 numbers, particularly in the backdrop of a deteriorating economic scenario in Brazil which is a key market for Edenred (i.e. 50% of Issue Volume). - Brazil posted strong IV lfl growth (11.9%), despite some impact from rising unemployment on the Benefits business (IV lfl: 8%), primarily on the back of the robust pick-up in the Expense management business (IV lfl: 27.5%). The company continues to offset the macro blues through its digitalisation growth (now 66% at the group level) and its execution on the ground with a major partnership announced with Daimler. - Overall, IV growth was 9.5% and 9.6% on a lfl basis (vs. 1.5% and 12.3% in H1 14). While penetration growth and new solutions broadly held up (H1 15 vs H1 14: 4.6% vs 5.4% and 2.3% vs 2.5%, respectively), growth from voucher face value increases slumped to 2.5% (H1 14: 4.2%) as guided by the management earlier. Another key positive was EBIT growth of 11.5% to €165m despite a €6m FX impact, with lfl growth of 14.6% vs. 13.2% in H1 14; EBIT for the operating business increased 19.5% vs 17% in H1 14 on a lfl basis. This was primarily on the back of a 130bp improvement in the EBIT margin for LatAm to 43.8% (H1 14: 42.5%). Management confirmed its full-year guidance of 8-14% lfl growth in IV, revenue growth at a difference of 100bp to IV growth and set the EBIT target at €365-380m, incorporating a €23m FX impact given the FX rate of 3.47BRL/USD at the end of H1, i.e. 30 June 2015.
07 Dec 16
Severfield’s (SFR’s) H117 results were well ahead of the previous year; margin performance and order book development cause us to raise our FY17 profit expectations. This combination has also proved to be a catalyst for share price outperformance following the results. Revenue growth and further margin development towards management’s stated aim of doubling FY16 PBT by 2020 can sustain further progress.
Focused on the long term
08 Dec 16
These are rare events but it is nice to see a management use its public listing advantageously to trade short-term dilution in EPS for the optionality of asymmetric upside in the long term. With over £10m already in the balance sheet, ABD has successfully raised £5.4m gross in a placing and expects to raise another £1m from an offer. We were not surprised to learn that the placing was over 3.5x oversubscribed. How many listed UK companies are positioned to take advantage of the digital revolution in the automotive industry? The additional investment in new people, facilities, products & services should be dilutive to FY2017-18 EPS but this is small price to pay to establish the leading supplier of integrated test, measurement and simulation solutions to the autonomous vehicle industry. Our forecasts assume that growth will accelerate from FY2019. We raise our target price to 575p based on 15x FY2019 EPS, equivalent to Ricardo, the only other UK stock which has embraced the optionalities offered by the technological changes in the automotive industry.
Exceptional trading continues
08 Nov 16
Keywords has announced that the strong trading in localisation and audio services has continued into H216. In particular, the Synthesis business acquired in April continues to benefit from exceptionally strong trading. Full-year results are now expected to be materially ahead of consensus and we upgrade our FY16e EPS by 13%. Erring on the side of caution, we have not changed our FY17 estimates significantly. Nevertheless, we believe the company does have a platform to sustain double-digit earnings growth, and hence medium-/long-term prospects for further share appreciation remain good.
08 Dec 16
Elderstreet stake acquired 02 GENERAL NEWS Globalworth premium In this issue Venture capital firm Draper Esprit has taken a 30.8% stake in venture capital trust manager Elderstreet. Both investment managers focus on the technology sector and they will be able to co-invest. Elderstreet has investments in a number of AIM-quoted companies through its VCTs. The purchase was funded by an issue of Draper Esprit shares worth just over £250,000. Simon Cook, the chief executive of Draper Esprit, is a former partner at Elderstreet so he knows the business and the people who run it, although he did leave more than 14 years ago. Cook has previously acquired portfolios from 3i and Cazenove, two other firms where he has worked. Draper Esprit has an option to acquire the remaining shares in Elderstreet, which has more than £25m under management. Adding Elderstreet to the group enables Draper Esprit to offer investors a range of EIS funds, VCTs and an ISA qualifying listed evergreen patient capital fund. The enlarged group has venture capital assets under management of more than £350m. At the end of September 2016, Draper Esprit had a net asset value of 352p a share, which is similar to the current share price. The June 2016 flotation price was 300p a share. Draper Esprit is quoted on Ireland’s Enterprise Securities Market as well as AIM.
02 Dec 16
On 30 September 2016, when the company announced its full year results, it reported that the UK business had seen a slow start to the year, with particular weakness in repair and renewal spending by the NHS as well as “reticence” in the education sector. However, with the UK only representing about a third of the business, this weakness was expected to be more than offset by the positive effect of a weakened sterling on its overseas business, given the benefits for competitiveness and margins.